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14-Day Mt. Kailash Trekking Pilgrimage Group Tour

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Overview

Tour Type: Group Tour: Fixed Travel Date & Maximum 12 People in one group
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Fixed departure time – the best choice for travelers preferring to join a group tour
  • Witness the wonderful monk debating at Sera Monastery
  • Features a pilgrimage excursion to the holy mountain Mt. Kailash

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Arrival in Lhasa Sincere greetings & airport-hotel transfer.

Welcome to Lhasa, the capital city of the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China and referred to as "The Roof of the World." Lhasa lies in a valley deep in the Himalayan Mountains and has an altitude of 3,650 meters (11, 975 feet). Lhasa is one of the lowest regions in Tibet.

People in Lhasa enjoy bright sunshine more than 125 days a year. That might be the reason why they are so efficient in building amazing palaces and monasteries! Today is not for sightseeing; your tour guide and driver will pick you up and help you get acclimated to Lhasa’s altitude.

Tips for Acclimatization:

Generally speaking, the best way to acclimate to high-altitude areas is by having periods of rest and relaxation, staying hydrated by drinking a lot of water; and do not drink any alcohol. Please do not move around too fast, although you might be excited to be standing on “The Roof of the World,” slow down, you will have plenty of time to see and experience all the sights.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

tibet tour

tibet tour

Day2  Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Today, you will visit the sacred Potala Palace, which was built during the Chinese Tang Dynasty in the 7th century AD and listed as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO Organization in 1994. The buildings, artworks, and statues of Tibetan Buddhism are all highlights of this ancient architectural complex. Standing on the mountain where the Potala Palace is located, you will have a bird’s eye view of the city of Lhasa. Of added interest, check out the back of a Chinese Currency 50 Yuan note, and you will see a picture of the Potala Palace printed there!

Continuing on your trip to the Jokhang Temple, also known as the Qoikang Monastery, you will find the life-size statue of the 12-year-old Shakyamuni (Buddha). Jokhang Temple is believed to be the sacred heart of Tibet, because the Shakyamuni Buddha is located in the there. That historical fact makes the Jokhang Temple even more scared than the Potala Palace. It is said the city of Lhasa was built based on the Jokhang Temple. After leaving the Temple, we will take a stroll along Barkhor Street. This ancient street is the route for pilgrimages around the Jokhang Temple and a perfect place to buy local Tibetan style handcrafts including shoes, hats, tea, bowls and quilts. If you are hungry, stop at one of the many small food stands and buy a mouth-watering Tibetan Style dessert, such as "Tu", a sort of pastry made with yak butter, brown sugar and water. If you want something more substantial, try a tasty bowl of "Thenthuk", a hand-tossed Tibetan noodle soup, a local favorite.

Did you know Shakyamuni lived around 500 BC and was the founder of Buddhism?

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

potala palace

jokhang temple

Day3  Traditional Handicraft Art Center Experience - Sera Monastery Debates

This day will give you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Tibetan culture as you will be involved in the hands-on process of the  traditional Tibetan handicrafts; then witness a truly Tibetan tradition with the debating monks at one of Tibetan Buddhhim's holiest monasteries - the Sera Monastery. After breakfast, in the ethereal morning rays of light of a Lhasa morning, we will learn how to make traditional Tibetan cuisine in a typical Tibetan setting. Dishes will include Kasei (fried dough foods), Tsampa (roasted barley) with butter and cheese, Tibetan butter tea, and other tasty Tibetan treats. After learning the essence of Tibetan cooking, we will move on to Tibetan Traditional Handicraft Art Center by bus. This treasure house of Tibetan culture will teach you all about various Tibetan costumes as you learn how to make Tibetan incense, the methods behind Tibetan calligraphy, how to create thangka (Tibetan Buddhist painting), and the secrets of block printing.

Having mastered the art of Tibetan handicrafts, we will move on to visit the holy Sera Monastery, which is held in the courtyard almost every day between 3 and 5:30 p.m. Please note that in case of some special monastery activities such as the Dharma Meeting or the reception of VIPs, the monk debates may be canceled that day. After our visit to the monastery, feel free to stroll around the streets of Lhasa as you absorb the atmosphere and spirit of the devoted Tibetan people or you may return to your hotel to rest and relax from this wonderful Tibetan cultural experience.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

sera monastery

drepung monastery

Day4  Lhasa to Shigatse. Lake Yamdrok and Karola Glacier Sightseeing and Kumbum Monastery Visit (B)

Today, we will leave Lhasa for Shigatse, the home of 5 mountains whose heights are over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet). On the way, we will see the charming Lake Yamdrok first. With an altitude of 4,441 meters (1,446 feet), the Lake Yamdrok is the highest fresh-water lake in the world. The color of the lake is sky blue due to the reflection of the blue sky. Sometimes it turns to deep blue when the angle of sunshine changes. The water of the lake comes from the snow on the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain, so local people believe the water can purify their souls.

We will head towards the Karola Glacier after visiting the lake. The altitude will go up to 5,560 meters (18,241 feet) on the way to the glacier, which is only 300 meters (1,082 feet) away from the highway. The glacier looks like a huge Tangka (Tibetan Scroll Painting) under the sunshine. It was used in scenes in many Chinese movies, such as the Red River Valley and The Knot.

Visit the Kumbum Monastery before you spend the night in Shigatse. The 9-story One Hundred Thousand Buddhist Pagoda is a must-visit attraction in the monastery. Over 100,000 sculptures of Buddhas and 1,000 frescos collected in the monastery make it a paradise for art.

Did You Know the Yamdrok, Namtso and Manasarovar are three sacred lakes in Tibet?

Accommodation:Shigatse Gesar Hotel or similar

yamdrok

yamdrok

Day5  First Impressions of the Mount Everest (B)

We will drive to unlock the mighty Mount Everest today. You will reach the Rongphu Monastery to get the best view of the Mount Everest first. And Next, you will move to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) to admire the world’s highest mountain from an even closer distance. You will spend the night in the guesthouse of Rongphu Monastery or a tent at the EBC. Please take a good rest and be ready for the fantastic sunrise over Mount Everest the following morning.

Accommodation:EBC Tent or Rongphu Guest House (Dorm bed with humble facility)

rongphu monastery

rongphu monastery

Day6  Sunrise on the Mount Everest and Head to Saga Town

The most important activity today is wishing a beautiful sunrise. During a clear day, the Mount Everest looks like a goddess wearing a golden veil. You can try your best to see her face, but you can never see every part of her face clearly. This is one or the many reason why she is sacred!

Although you are about to leave Mount Everest after seeing the dazzling sunrise, you can still admire 4 mountains whose altitudes are over 8,000 meters (26,246 feet). These 4 giants are the Cho Oyu (8,201 meters or 26,906 feet), Lhotse (8,516 meters or 27,939 feet), Makalu (8,485 meters or 27,837 feet) and Shishapangma (8,012 meters, 26,286 feet).

You will pass by the Lake Pekhutso on your way to Saga Town, where you will stay overnight . The lake offers you the best angle to admire the Mountain Shishapangma, the only over-8,000-meter-high mountain completely located entirely within Tibet. Besides the mountain, the fishin the lake and the wild horses, donkeys and Tibetan antelopes will also catch your eye.

Accommodation:Saga Hotel or Similar

mt everest

mt everest

Day7  Drive from Saga to Lake Manasarovar to Darchen

Today is for transportation. You will be transported from Saga to Darchen to prepare for the Mount Kailash Trek. During the trip, you will see endless grassland and wild animals . En-Route, you will stop for a rest at the old Drongpa Town. The monastery there is also worth a visit.

Continuing the drive after your break in Drongpa, you will reach the Lake Manasarovar. As one of the 3 sacred lakes in Tibet, the Manasarovar is a must-visit attraction before you start a Mount Kailash Trek, because praying beside the lake will make you have good luck during one of the toughest treks in the world. Darchen is today’s last stop and the place for you to stay for the night.

Accommodation:Darchen Chongqing hotel or similar

lake manasarovar

lake manasarovar

Day8  First Day of Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Trek; Darchen to Dirapuk (15 kilometers or 9.3 miles)

Mount Kailash is considered to be the center of the world by many religions, such as Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism and Bonismo. Kailash means the "Mountain of the Immortals" in Tibetan language. Finishing a Kailash Kora Trek shows people’s respect to the immortals.

Today you will start the first section of the 52-kilometer-long (32 miles) Mount Kailash Trek. Darchen is the start point. If you don’t want to carry your heavy luggage, some local porters and their yaks and horses are ready to help you (at your own expense). But you have to hike for several hours before meeting the porters. There are also local people who are selling beverages and food along the trek route. The night will be spent in the guesthouse of the Dirapuk Monastery.

Accommodation:Local Guest House (Dorm Bed with humble facility)

mt kailash

mt kailash

Day9  Second Day of Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Trek; Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (24 kilometers or 15 miles)

Both today’s scenery and trek route will drive you crazy. The length for today’s trek is 24 kilometers, so you have to start before the sunrise. You will reach a celestial funeral platform after 4 kilometers’ (2.5 miles) hiking. In Tibetan people’s minds, a celestial funeral is an honorable ceremony. After another 4 kilometers, the Dolma-La Pass will be right in front of you. Take a rest and admire the unique scenery around you - you will find all your effort so far is worthwhile. You will have a rest at a supply point before finishing today’s trek at the Dzultripuk Monastery, which means "Miraculous Cave of the Milarepa".

Did you know?

The Tibetan people usually do one form of worship by lying prone on the ground for every 3 steps they walk during a Mount Kailash Kora. They believe if they don’t do it, the Buddha will not bless them. When you are about to give up, just look to them for encouragement.

Accommodation:Local Guest House (Dorm bed with humble facility)

mt kailash

mt kailash

Day10  Third Day of Mount Kailash Pilgrimage Trek; Dzultripuk to Darchen (13 kilometers or 8 miles)

After the last 2 days' mission, you may consider today’s trek relaxing. Yes! Today's 13 kilometer-long trek is relatively relaxing. You will visit some caves and monasteries during the trek and reach the appointed meeting place, where your driver will be waiting for you. He might even be the person you missed the most during the trek. You will then be transferred to Darchen to spend the night.

Accommodation:Darchen Chongqing hotel or similar

mt kailash

mt kailash

Day11  Darchen – Saga Enjoy Scenery en Route

Today we will drive through the windswept territory of rural Tibet, passing through numerous small villages as well as camps of yak and sheepherders on our way back to Saga. With all of the beautiful scenery surrounding us, we will have plenty of opportunities to stop and take photos if you like.

Accommodation:Saga hotel or Similar

mt kailash

mt kailash

Day12  Saga – Shigatse Enjoy Scenery en route

More spectacular scenery awaits us as we continue on our leisurely drive back to Shigatse where we will spend the night.

Accommodation:Shigatse Gesar Hotel or similar

sakay monastery

gyantse dzong site

Day13  Shigatse - Lhasa Tashilunpo Monastery(B)

We will get an early start today to visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama. After visiting this ancient monastery, one of the most important sites in Tibetan Buddhism, then we will head back to Lhasa.

Accommodation:Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa or Himalaya Lhasa Hotel

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

shigatse tashilunpo monastery

Day14  Depart from Lhasa Airport/Train Station Drop off(B)

Today you will have free time until your tour guide escorts you to the Lhasa train station or airport for your departing train or flight from Lhasa. This will end your tour services in Tibet.

Accommodation:None

lhasa airport

lhasa airport

Departure Date& Price

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What's Included

All necessary Tibet Travel Permit. (Including Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, border Pass
Private professional English-Speaking tour guide
All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places Listed
Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
Airport (or train)pick up and drop off
Accommodation listed in the itinerary
Breakfast provided by the hotel
Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
A container of Oxygen for emergency use
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
Reservation fee for visiting Potala Palace
2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
One Welcome dinner in Lhasa
Meals not specified in the itinerary (All lunches & dinners)
Places not listed in the itinerary
Flight/Train tickets in and out of Tibet
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Any losses incurred from the force majeure factor like government control, natural disaster etc.
Tips to the guide & driver ( Tips is not required but expected)
Single room supplement

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Reviews

 BurtCo
Travel Date:May 27, 2019

Initially our tour consultant AMY did a fantastic job of coordinating our tour. This included arranging our small group to meet up in Lhasa despite us arriving there on different days. The accommodation was great and AMY followed up during the tour to ensure everything was going smoothly. Great Job AMY !!

On the tour itself we were accompanied by JESSICA for whom I cannot speak highly enough. Her explanations in all the various locations proved she was very knowledgeable. Her English was clear and she was always willing and able to answer any queries. Best of all, there was not a single day when she did not greet us with a happy and friendly smile. Participated in countless photos with us. The tour was unforgettable thanks to AMY, JESSICA and Asia Odyssey Travel.

 Bine
Travel Date:June 8th 2018

This is my first trip to Tibet, so I have high expectation to my Tibet trip. First, our guide, Jack, arranged for visit to temples and monasteries. Also, they're able to adjust our itinerary quickly. I'm glad I had a great Tibet trip.

 Dom B
Travel Date:June 23, 2019

We went to Tibet at June 2019,our tour was arrange by Amy from Chengdu, she is very kind and helpful, we have a lot of questions before the trip, she can answer them with full of patience.

First day, our driver and tour guide waited at airport and drive us to our lovely hotel (4 star himalaya hotel). the tour guide Mr Ba Sang from Tibet is very caring and helpful throughout the journey. Everything is well planned and taken care of. He brings us to nice local restaurants and have a good taste of local cuisine. In temple, we given detail explanation on the culture and explain to us the practice of the people. Experience at Everest Base camp is unforgettable, we able to see the remarkable view of everest mountain.

Tibet is a place you will want to visit again and again.

Driver Mr Xia is a good, responsible and steady driver. He drives us safely to all locations.

Hopefully next time we can join the Ling Zhi trip to see flowers in spring time.

Highly recommended this tour and this travel agents for their excellent service. We are happy to join on this tour.

 A TripAdvisor China Member
Travel Date:January 3, 2019

Most beautiful place to go! Tour guide very funny and knowledgeable. Tour guide very good on taking picture. Suggest more site seeing and less temple. Suggest to eat hot pot every night. We reach the tallest point of 5248. Make sure not to fall to sleep. Make sure to take high altitude sickness bill and travel sickness bills before going. This trip is not for everyone, but for those whose are health and want to have some advantages. Make sure to bring flu and cold medicine with you since you can get sick very easily during winter. Very cold during the winter and make sure to bring enough cloths. Bring lotions, sun glasses and gloves. Make hot water every night in hotel and put it into the drink bottle to warm your bed. Best if you take the train to go in and plane to get out. But check the weather first, if snowing make sure to take the train. Once snowing, all plane will stop flying. Most beautiful place to go! Tour guide very funny and knowledgeable. Tour guide very good on taking picture. Suggest more site seeing and less temple. Suggest to eat hot pot every night. We reach the tallest point of 5248. Make sure not to fall to sleep. Make sure to take high altitude sickness bill and travel sickness bills before going. This trip is not for everyone, but for those whose are health and want to have some advantages. Make sure to bring flu and cold medicine with you since you can get sick very easily during winter. Very cold during the winter and make sure to bring enough cloths. Bring lotions, sun glasses and gloves. Make hot water every night in hotel and put it into the drink bottle to warm your bed. Best if you take the train to go in and plane to get out. But check the weather first, if snowing make sure to take the train. Once snowing, all plane will stop flying.

 Stacy
Travel Date:July 15th 2018

Firstly, special thanks to our tour guide we met, Mr. 扎西. He was so helpful, knowledgeable, considerate, experienced and professional. He is fluent in English. We had smooth conversation.
Secondly, thanks to our tour Consultant, Amy, for organizing o

 booyunhan
Travel Date:June 6, 2019

I had a wonderful 9 days trip in tibet. I enjoyed very aspect of this trip. Registration and organisation was very easy, and the driver was very kind and enthusiastic, so we weren't bored even during long distances. The food was great, and I especially enjoyed the purple sweet potato. The staff were polite and did their best to make us feel comfortable and listen to our needs.

I felt comfortable with everyone I met on this trip. I truly felt as if I had experienced and witnessed the lifestyle of Tibet, and I definitely recommend this place to other travelers. If the chance arises, I would like to go on this trip once again.

Thanks Amy, Tashi; he was a fantastic guide and my sweet driver; he made me laugh a lot. Oh, don't forget to bring a lot of headache tablet you might need a lot.